Try off the beaten path for Thanksgiving!

We have selected a number of small, artisinal producers from Italy to pair with traditional American Thanksgiving fare. Crazy, right? Crazy like a fox! All of these carefully crafted wines will change everything you think about Thanksgiving wine pairing. The quality that comes from small family wineries where they own their land, grow their grapes themselves and make their wines painstakingly by hand is unmatched. The only thing better than these wines will be the Football on TV.

2008 Montepeloso “Eneo” (Tuscany)

A wine that will make you stop, look at your fellow guests and say: “Whoa”. Staggering complexity with an array of red fruit, floral notes and that gorgeous aroma of Tuscan countryside. (Trust me, smell the wine. You will get what I mean.)

For those that are into ratings…

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Antonio Galloni) : “The 2008 Eneo literally sparkles on the palate with vibrant red fruit, freshly cut flowers and spices. It shows remarkable tension and delineation all the way through to the resonant finish. This is a striking wine in every way. Floral notes reappear on the finish, along with iron, smoke and ferrous notes, all of which add considerable complexity. This is a dazzling effort from proprietor Fabio Chiarellotto. It is composed of 40% Montepulciano, 35% Sangiovese, 15% Marselan and 10% Alicante Bouschet. 93pts.”

2008 Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano (Trentino)

I am going to simply say this: Take a sip of this wine. Have a bite of your turkey. Enjoy a life changing Experience. You are welcome.

For those that are into ratings…

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Antonio Galloni) : “The 2008 Teroldego Rotaliano shows terrific purity and focus. The 2008 is a more cool, reserved vintage of this wine, with less exuberance, but plenty of drive and length. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

Elisabetta Foradori continues to set a very high bar in Trentino and the rest of Italy, for that matter. 89pts.”

The Pinot Noir you will be talking about at every holiday party you attend. Graceful, subtle and stylish, who knew that the Dolomites would be producing Pinot Noir like this? Simply exquisite.

2008 Damilano Nebbiolo d’Alba (Piedmont)

With Thanksgiving you need a wine that is strong enough to stand up to the richness of gravy, have good acid to cut through the sweetness of sweet potato and cranberry and subtle tannin to pair with the Turkey. This super-flexible wine prooves yet again why Nebbiolo just might be the best all around red wine for food.

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